Jussie Smollett Breaks Social Media Silence with Pride Month Post
Jussie Smollett has finally made his return to social media nearly six months after the alleged homophobic attack which police revealed was staged by the actor.
On Monday, the “Empire” actor took to Instagram with a video of playwright Tarrell Alvin McCraney giving a speech during Sunday’s Tony Awards.
McCraney was speaking about his play, “Choir Boy,” which follows a "black queer kid" as he struggles to use his gift of singing in an environment that is not exactly friendly.
“In ‘Choir Boy,’ set in the fictive Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, we chronicle the moment when a black queer kid, Pharus, tries to use their gift of song to uphold this great legacy of spirituals and the moment his community accepted his gift but diminished his light. The bodies that uphold the great legacy of spirituals are often black and queer. When will we love all of them for who they are, not just what they can do?”
“So much #PRIDE,” the openly gay actor captioned the post, tagging McCraney and turning off comments.
Until Monday, the embattled actor had been off social media after turning off comments in the wake of his alleged attack.
I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of
He reportedly told the Chicago Police Department in January that he was attacked by two Trump-supporting white men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him.
Smollett, 36, received an outpour of public support until further investigation by the police revealed that he staged the attack in a bid to draw attention to himself and get a raise on the Fox drama “Empire.” Smollett was subsequently arrested and charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report.
In March, the case took a shocking turn when the Cook County State Attorney’s office announced that all charges against the actor had been dropped. He, in turn, would perform community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond.
“I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” Smollett insisted after the charges were dropped. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”
In April, the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Smollett, demanding that he refund the over $130,000 that was expended “in overtime costs to investigate” his alleged attack.
"Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career." Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson said. "Why would anyone, especially an African American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?" https://t.co/MfyQuQi1uf pic.twitter.com/SZXL5Hka0c— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2019
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